Earned income is wages or salary for work performed as an employee, or profits from a person's self-employment.
Clients who receive tips from their work must report them as income. If tips are recorded on the client's wage stubs, use that amount as the amount of their tips.
If the amount of tips is not recorded on their wage stubs, ask the client to provide proof of the amount of their tips. If the client cannot provide the needed proof and no other proof is available, accept the client's statement about the amount of their tips.
Wages or salary received as income in kind are exempt when determining eligibility and benefit amount. Income in kind is a benefit paid in behalf of a person, but not paid directly to them, or a benefit received in a form other than money.